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Is plastic safe for the microwave?

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Food spatters in the microwave, leaving a mess. So we do what everyone does – we cover it. But what we cover our food with can leach into it and damage our bodies.

No, no deaths have been reported as directly caused by plastic chemical leakage. But breast cancer, obesity and early onset puberty are more prevalent in developed countries, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

Phthalates, the chemicals that make a plastic container flexible, can be absorbed by food when it’s heated. These chemicals have been related to hormone imbalances and birth defects, and are “present in measurable levels in the blood of nearly every person in the developed world,” according to the doctor cited in this Wall Street Journal article.

You’ve probably heard of BPA, which is increasingly being removed from baby bottles and water bottles. That chemical originally began as a potential estrogen replacement. Low doses of BPA have been linked to birth defects of reproductive systems in laboratory animals, according to the Environmental Working Group. Even though S.C. Johnson, the makers of Saran Wrap, says it doesn’t use BPA in its products, that’s not the only chemical out there.

Heating food in plastic is taking an unnecessary risk, and one I would rather avoid. Just eat raw food! Problem solved! Right? Okay, if you’re not quite ready to commit to quit cooking cold-turkey (pun intended), here are some more palatable solutions:

  • Use unleaded glass or ceramic bowls with lids instead of plastic containers or plastic wrap.
  • Paper towels make great – and safe – covers!
  • If you must use plastic to re-heat, make sure it’s new and in good condition, and avoid reheating creamy, buttery, and fatty foods (they absorb more chemicals).
  • Don’t keep plastic water bottles in your car for drinking later.
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Some of you know and some will be surprised to learn that we have given up our storefront/brick & mortar location. If you are a meal prep client there will be no disruption in your service. The only difference is that your food will be delivered instead of you picking up.

For everyone else we are working on a new online menu where you can order your favorites items. YES, we will continue to make Chicken Salad, Peanut Butter Squares and Many of your other favorites.

Delivery will be free for orders over $50.00.
A full 24 is required for all orders, and until our online ordering system has been updated  email your requests to info@intelligentgourmet.com
The Delivery Schedule is as follows:
  • S. Tampa | Harbor island | Davis Island and Downtown Monday’s and Wednesday.
  • Tuesdays Westchase | Odessa | and Oldsmar.
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